Two Raging Grannies

Challenging Economic Growth

Official film description

Two raging grannies on their mobility scooters set out on a journey across the USA. They travel from Seattle to Wall Street on a quest to find out whether perpetual economic growth is possible.

Shirley (90) and Hinda (84) grew up during the great depression. They are, and have always been, engaged in social and political issues. In fact Shirley has been in jail around 20 times for her activism. The current financial crisis, the global warming and their worry about the grandchildren's future have made them question the common worldview that we need perpetual economic growth.

This is the starting point for a journey coast to coast where they're looking for new answers. Attending a lecture at the University of Washington, their straightforward questions get them kicked out by the professor. Seeking advice from a financial advisor, they learn that "only a meteor could stop economic growth", and sneaking into a Wall Street charity dinner and grabbing the microphone, they end up being abused by a security guard.

Hinda says she wants to see her birthplace New York one last time before she dies and for Shirley it's important to make this last trip together with her best friend. Their personal mission binds them together, but traveling in their old age also brings out new challenges. Sometimes they bicker like an old married couple and their intimate relationship is at times tense, but always filled with humor and love. This is a film searching for new answers, but also a film about friendship, coming of age, illness and fear of death. Love from the family gives the ladies strength when they are close to giving up. They won’t find a clear solution and simple responses, but looking for an answer is keeping them very much alive.

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Director(s): Håvard Bustnes
Script: Håvard Bustnes, Anders Teigen, Lars Kristian Andersen
Production: Faction Film, EiE Film, Fridthjof Film
Music: Ola Kvernberg
Actors: Shirley Morrison, Hinda Kipnis
 
Year: 2014
Duration: 78 min
Picture format: 21:9
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): English, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish
Country of origin: Denmark, Italy, Norway, United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 16
 
Screening rights: Films Transit International Inc. ()

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  • This film can be watched for a fee at the top.

Tags

Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: growth
Mentions: consumer economy USA sustainability growth Wallstreet social grandma granny
Topic Page(s): Fairtrade + Economy

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